Eat your way towards a healthy and beautiful smile.
Did you know that no two sets of teeth are alike? Even identical twins, who share so many similar traits, do not have the same teeth; they’re like a fingerprint in that respect. But despite this difference, there’s one thing we all share in common: the need for strong teeth. Strong and healthy teeth are markers for a healthy body. Just like you need healthy food to maintain a healthy body, you need healthy food to maintain a healthy set of teeth.
In this article, we’ll go over a few delicious recipes that can help keep your teeth healthy and strong. Read on for more information.
1. Baked Salmon for Strong Teeth
Baked salmon is an excellent recipe to keep your teeth strong, and is incredibly easy to make. It’s also a great recipe for those looking to keep their waistlines in check, or in order to ensure you have all of your fatty acids.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, take your salmon fillets and place them in an ovenproof dish. Brush the salmon with butter and herbs of your choice, though some people prefer to go herb-less.
You may wish to also chop up some lemon slices and place them on top of the salmon fillets.
Pop it in the oven for 10–15 minutes. Serve with asparagus or broccoli. Or go all out and serve both.
2. Crunchy Vegetables and Fruit Appetizer
This one is a bit simpler and is perfect for packing in school lunches or serving as a before dinner appetizer. It can also serve as an after-school snack and a healthy alternative to kids coming home and nibbling on things like potato chips and other junk foods.
Crunchy veggies are great for the teeth. They not only keep them strong but also help keep teeth clean. When you crunch food, it helps your mouth produce saliva, which, in turn, helps keep bacteria at bay.
Chop up some crunchy vegetables and fruit to serve. Ideas include apples, carrots, celery and raw broccoli. Your kids can snack on these as much as they like, as they provide very few calories, but a ton of extra nutrients for the teeth and body alike.
For an extra tasty treat, serve with nut butter or a little bit of Ranch dressing. While nut butters, such as almond and peanut butter, do provide lots of good fats and proteins, going overboard can result in excess calories. Ranch dressing, although delectable to the taste buds, isn’t very healthy. But, a little bit of either or both can add some flavor and encourage your kids or family to snack on these healthy fruits and veggies.
Be aware that if you suffer from TMJ pain, your dentist may also warn you against eating crunchy foods. While very healthy for the teeth, if you do have jaw problems, the persistent crunching can make your jaw issues much worse.
3. Fruit Salad
We’ve already stated that crunch fruit is great for the teeth. So, making a healthy crunchy fruit salad is a fantastic side dish for yourself or your family.
Try chopping up a few pears and apples, followed by two-thirds of a cup of walnuts. You can toast them, or serve them plain. Add one-quarter of a cup of honey and one-quarter of a cup of mint leaves. Toss them all together, and then serve. You may wish to add some lettuce, which is also great for your teeth.
4. Strawberry and Brie Bites
Calcium is necessary to keep teeth healthy, especially for little ones whose teeth, and entire body, are still developing. These strawberry and brie bites are excellent for both the teeth and body, and are incredibly delectable. Both you and your children will have trouble putting them down once you’ve tasted them!
Cut the brie into cubes and heat on a low temperature in the oven for five minutes. Once out of the oven, place either a full or half strawberry on top of it. Then, add a toothpick to help with eating the treat. Or, you can scoop it up with a spoon or fork; as long as you find a way to eat it, that’s the important part.
5. Lentil, Barley and Goat Cheese Salad
This delicious salad is packed with two things that are fantastic for your teeth: dairy and whole grains. Whole grains can help stave off gum disease and are great for your mouth.
First, take three-quarters of a cup of barley and cook it according to the directions on its package.
Next, mix together two tablespoons of lemon juice, three tablespoons of olive oil and half a teaspoon of pepper and half a teaspoon of salt.
Lastly, place the lettuce in a bowl, and toss half of the lemon mixture in. Then, place the cooked barley, one can of lentils, a grated or chopped carrot, a quarter of an onion (chopped), a quarter of a cup of chopped olives and a quarter of a chopped cucumber in the bowl. Pour in the remaining dressing and toss again.
Serve on a plate. Add crumbled goat cheese over the top of it to add some dairy and a tangy flavor.
Keeping Teeth Strong and Healthy
On the surface, it may seem like it is difficult to ensure you have strong teeth, but it is actually very simple. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as eating foods that keep up your dental hygiene, are all very important.
Additionally, regular check-ins with the dentist are imperative for keeping your teeth strong and healthy.
If you live in the greater Seattle area, make an appointment with the Duvall Dental Center today. We even do online consultations for those issues that don’t need to be seen in person.